On Sunday night at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, country music legend Dolly Parton presented Robert Greenblatt with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. Greenblatt’s work as a television executive has led to some of the most fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT images ever seen in primetime programming, including Queer as Folk, The L Word, Six Feet Under and United States of Tara.
"I’m very grateful to everyone at GLAAD for thinking of me for this honor," Greenblatt said in his acceptance speech. "I salute all the producers, writers, network executives, and actors who took on the issue and broke ground way before I did --- and who continue to do it today. Many of you are in the room tonight. I share this award with you. While we still have a long way to go, we have made great strides both politically and in our media. May that not only continue, but increase in velocity… because we can help change the way the world thinks about LGBT people, not to mention how LGBT people think about themselves."
The Los Angeles ceremony was hosted by Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones.
Watch Dolly Parton present Robert Greenblatt with his award:
The final GLAAD Media Awards event will take place in San Francisco on May 14 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The New York GLAAD Media Awards were held on March 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
For more information about the GLAAD Media Awards, including a complete list of nominees, announced winners and photos, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.